It’s halfway through January, and the pace of game releases is picking back up. And, as always, we’re here to pick out the five games most worth your time and money this week. Starting with one of the most unusual exploration games.
Pick Of The Week: InnerSpace, Today ($15, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC)
InnerSpace puts you in a flyer that can double as a submarine and tasks you with figuring out a vast mechanism. Smash through walls, flip switches, and otherwise get it moving to unlock just what’s going on. It’s a pretty fascinating mix of genres, as you have to be both observant and nimble to figure out what’s happening and what to do next, but it’s also surprisingly chill. After all, if you just want to fly and look around, you’ll have plenty of scenery to look at.
Vesta, Friday ($15, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch)
This adorable puzzle platformer follows a six-year-old as she puts together just why the city she lives in has become a ruin, with the help of a robot buddy who knows more than he’s letting on. It sounds a bit grim on paper, but the game itself is colorful and delightful, and a nice flashback to isometric games involving both brain and fingers.
Beholder, Today ($10, PS4 and Xbox One)
We are all, as a species, nosy. But Beholder takes that to new levels as you’re assigned the task of spying on the various members of an apartment complex, disguised as an everyday landlord in the neighborhood. Drawing not a little inspiration from East Germany, Beholder tasks you with reporting subversives to the state. But when everybody is potentially a subversive, that’s a more complicated job than you might expect.
2064: Read Only Memories, Wednesday ($20, Xbox One)
This retro adventure game, set in the Blade Runner future that everybody thought we’d be living in the 1980s, took everyone by surprise when it originally arrived, and as it’s worked its way from platform to platform, it’s increasingly catching the attention it deserves.
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory ($60, PS4)
It’s kind of impressive how Digimon, a flagrant Pokemon doppelganger, manages to have a story that simultaneously makes more sense (the Digimon are just computer programs) and is somehow wackier than a media franchise built around children staging elaborate animal fights. If you’ve got a Pokemon itch that needs scratching, this will fit the bill.
Any games we missed? Let us know in the comments!